[ joo-duhs ]

  1. Also called Judas Iscariot. the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Mark 3:19.

  2. a person treacherous enough to betray a friend; traitor.

  1. Also called Saint Judas, Saint Jude. one of the 12 apostles (not Judas Iscariot). Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13; John 14:22.

  2. a brother of James (and possibly of Jesus). Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3.

  3. (usually lowercase)Also called judas hole . a peephole, as in an entrance door or the door of a prison cell.

  1. (of an animal) used as a decoy to lead other animals to slaughter: A Judas goat led sheep into the abattoir.

Other words from Judas

  • Ju·das·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for judas (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdʒuːdəs) /

  1. (sometimes capital) a peephole or a very small window in a door: Also called: judas window, judas hole

Origin of judas

C19: after Judas Iscariot

British Dictionary definitions for Judas (2 of 2)


/ (ˈdʒuːdəs) /

  1. New Testament the apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver (Luke 22:3–6, 47–48): Full name: Judas Iscariot

  2. a person who betrays a friend; traitor

  1. a brother or relative of James and also of Jesus (Matthew 13:55). This figure, Thaddaeus, and Jude were probably identical

  1. denoting an animal or bird used to lure others of its kind or lead them to slaughter

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